A generation of schoolchildren is growing up oblivious to the idea of recess.
"Honestly, they don't really know what recess is," said Barbara Hedge of her three kids. "They don't know that they're supposed to have recess. They don't realize what they're missing out on."
Hedge is a part of a strong group of parents pushing state lawmakers to require daily recess at all of Florida's elementary schools.
"It's an intergal part of childhood and growth, in my opinion," she said.
A bill, filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, mandates local school boards to offer 20 minutes per day of "supervised, safe and unstructured free-play recess" for Florida students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Rep. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando, led the fight for the proposal last year and will push it again in the House in the next legislative session, which starts March 7, 2017.
"Unfortunately it is something that, unless it is mandated, we can't be sure that schools are going to do it," Hedge said.
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